About

Check out our 802 Rugby Handbook for more information about us.

The 802 Rugby Board is comprised of the following Board Members:

President Tiffany Renaud tiff64@earthlink.net
Board Member/Fundraiser Susan Leckey susan@oneheartland.org
Board Member Charles Cisco ccisco@smcvt.edu
Board Member Emily Morgan morgaea@gmail.com
Board Member Joshua Cameron joshua.cameron.vt@gmail.com

802 Rugby Mission, Vision & Values

Mission:
802 Rugby, Inc is dedicated to the growth of the game, and the development and support of the youth rugby community throughout the state of Vermont.

Vision:
The opportunity for every child in Vermont to participate in the lifelong positive character building sport of rugby in a competitive and safe environment.

The sport of Rugby embodies the following Core Values:

  • Athleticism
  • Camaraderie
  • Confidence
  • Diversity
  • Fellowship for Life
  • Leadership
  • Respect
  • Sportsmanship
  • Tradition

HISTORY OF HIGH SCHOOL RUGBY IN THE VERMONT REGION

Youth Rugby in Vermont started with the boys team at Essex High School in 1997 under the leadership of Tom Bouchanski and Kevin O’Brien. Kevin is now the Head Coach at Champlain College and was also the coach of the USA women’s team in 1991. That year, Kevin led the Women’s Eagles squad to a World Cup victory. The Essex boys are currently two time defending state champions having won the 2006 and the 2007 State Championship. The Essex boys team was followed by the first U19 girls team in Vermont in 1999 under the direction of Coach Amanda Eldridge. Essex has had some real success on the women’s side, having won 3 New England championships and the 2006 Vermont State Championship.

Colchester High School produced the second U19 girls squad in Vermont in the spring of 2001. With a limited number of squads there were many scrimmages against collegiate teams. That year only four teams competed in the New England Championships. A freshman on the inaugural Colchester squad later became the first member of the USA Eagles U19 Squad in 2005. Ashley DeGrasse was the first player in the state of Vermont and all of New England to accomplish this honor. The Eagles played in a series of matches that year in Minnesota against the Canadian National U19 Squad. In the Spring of 2007, Ashley was named as a captain of the Vermont U23 Select-Side.

In 2004 several new teams emerged: Rutland (M&W), Mad River Valley (M&W), and Upper Valley (M&W). In their first year of existence Rutland and Mad River combined to compete in the NERFU championships and finished second. That success lead to some good recruiting and both programs flourished in the short time they have existed. The Rutland Women have finished second twice in the New England tourney since then and are the 2007 Vermont State Champions. The Rutland Boys have also fared well, winning the 2005 New England Division 2B championship, and just finished 2nd at the 2007 Vermont State Championships.

2006 marked the first year for the Adirondack Barkeaters, a team representing Upstate NY. The Barkeaters are coached by members of the Saranac Lake Mountaineer Rugby Club. The boys team is led by Doug Ferris and the girls are led by Stacey Annis and Tammy Morgan. Both Adirondack teams combine students from the Lake Placid, Peru, Saranac Lake, Willsboro,and Westport School Districts. In their first season ever the boys and the girls teams both earned respectable 3rd place finishes in the league and look forward to continued growth in the future.

Rugby in the Northern New England region has flourished in the last several years, adding teams in Middlebury, South Burlington, Colchester, North Country (Newport) as well as Willsboro in NY, Kearsarge and Sugar River in NH. We currently have 12 U19 boys team and 8 U19 Girls teams competing for the 802 Rugby’s annual championship. In 2010, we have added more than 10 teams, including several teams from the border regions of NY and NH. 802 Rugby’s mandate is to continue the phenomenal growth the sport has seen in the last decade.

One of our biggest challenges as we enjoy this phenomenal growth is to find enough qualified, trained coaches and referees. As our players tell their friends how much fun rugby is, the new recruits just keep coming. Thus, 802 Rugby needs to work hard to provide the new teams and new players with good coaching and a safe, fun experience. 802 Rugby is looking to revamp and reorganize in an effort to make Vermont one of the most competitive and nourishing regions for youth rugby in the nation.